National Association of Realtors Pending Sales Compared to Manufactured Housing, plus Manufactured Home Investing, Stock Updates

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Tonight’s is a look at the National Association of Realtors (NAR) pending sales report, juxtaposed with some insights from the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) and Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR).

At the heart of all that occurs on MHProNews and our MHLivingNews sister site are evidence-based insights complimented by expert analysis and commentary. It has made and kept us the runaway number one. As an upcoming report will reflect, beyond our core professional audiences mentioned above, there are also federal officials, nonprofits and academics who are demonstrably turning to MHProNews at significantly heightened rate of engagement and reading.

For reasons our morning report linked here and further below reflects, that should be seen as logical causes for both interest and concern for specific companies. Those researchers find the information relevant. What they are finding relevant often relates to a core contention that MHProNews has made for some time.

It’s this.

The manufactured home industry is underperforming despite record opportunities and favorable laws. How can that be? What are the causes and cures for that phenomenon?

That will be part of our featured focus, following some of our standard evening graphics, bulleted headlines and other linked data.


Periodic readers of this business-nightly feature should note there are a few tweaks to some of the standard portions of our evening market/investing report. Read carefully as some changes of the ‘standard text’ that follows before our left-right headlines and also in other features near the end of tonight’s reports.

Every evening our headlines that follow provide snapshots from two major media outlets on each side of the left-right news spectrum that reflect topics that influence or move investor sentiment. In moments on this business evening report, you can get ‘insights-at-a-glance.’

This report also sets the broader context for manufactured housing markets, in keeping with our mantra, “News through the lens of manufactured homes and factory-built housing” ©.

We begin with headlines left-of-center CNN followed by right-of-center Fox Business. We share closing tickers and other related data courtesy of Yahoo Finance, and more. 5 to 10 minutes reading this MHProNews market report every business night could save you 30 minutes to an hour of similar reading or fact-gathering elsewhere.

Perhaps more important, you will get insights about the industry from experts that care, but also dare to challenge the routine narrative that arguably keeps manufactured housing underperforming during an affordable housing crisis.


There are lots of place to get news, but no one else in manufactured housing provides “News through the lens of Manufactured Homes and Factory-Built Housing” © like MHProNews. The manufactured home industry is underperforming. Why? We explore that topic routinely, and graphics like the one below spotlight the next two links spotlight the realities of that vexing fact.
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Headlines from left-of-center CNN Business.

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  • Elon Musk says Las Vegas tunnel will ‘hopefully’ be ready in 2020
  • Tesla delivers first China-made Model 3s to its own workers
  • Dow slides nearly 200 points
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Headlines from right-of-center Fox Business.

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  • Major US companies infiltrated, robbed in years-long Chinese hack attack
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  • Netflix reveals most-watched shows and movies of 2019
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  • McDonald’s new CEO looks to be making a huge mistake, expert warns
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This evening’s report will take a three-part approach.

  • Part 1 – the NAR release, including some related graphics.
  • Part 2 – MHARR and MHI reported data in December 2019.
  • Part 3 – MHProNews’ skinny analysis plus related information.


With that plan of attack, let’s begin.



WASHINGTON, Dec. 30, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Pending home sales increased in November, rebounding from the prior month’s decline, according to the National Association of Realtors®. The West region reported the highest growth last month, while the other three major U.S. regions saw only marginal variances in month-over-month contract activity. Pending home sales were up nationally and up in all regions compared to one year ago.

The Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI),*, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, rose 1.2% to 108.5 in November. Year-over-year contract signings jumped 7.4%. An index of 100 is equal to the level of contract activity in 2001.

“Despite the insufficient level of inventory, pending home contracts still increased in November,” said Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist, noting that housing inventory has been in decline for six straight months dating back to June 2019. “The favorable conditions are expected throughout 2020 as well, but supply is not yet meeting the healthy demand.”

At the recent NAR Real Estate Forecast Summit, the consensus forecast called for 2.0% GDP growth, a 3.7% unemployment rate and a 3.8% average mortgage rate in 2020. Home prices were projected to rise by 3.6% in 2020 after a 5% gain in 2019.

“Sale prices continue to rise, but I am hopeful that we will see price appreciation slow in 2020,” said Yun. “Builder confidence levels are high, so we just need housing supply to match and more home construction to take place in the coming year.”


November Pending Home Sales Regional Breakdown

The regional indices had mixed results in November. The Northeast PHSI slid 0.1% to 96.3 in November, 2.6% higher than a year ago. In the Midwest, the index rose 1.0% to 102.5 last month, 5.0% higher than in November 2018.

Pending home sales in the South decreased 0.2% to an index of 125.0 in November, a 7.7% increase from last November. The index in the West grew 5.5% in November 2019 to 98.4, an increase of 14.0% from a year ago.

The National Association of Realtors® is America’s largest trade association, representing more than 1.4 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

*The Pending Home Sales Index is a leading indicator for the housing sector, based on pending sales of existing homes. A sale is listed as pending when the contract has been signed but the transaction has not closed, though the sale usually is finalized within one or two months of signing.

The index is based on a large national sample, typically representing about 20% of transactions for existing-home sales. In developing the model for the index, it was demonstrated that the level of monthly sales-contract activity parallels the level of closed existing-home sales in the following two months.

An index of 100 is equal to the average level of contract activity during 2001, which was the first year to be examined. By coincidence, the volume of existing-home sales in 2001 fell within the range of 5.0 to 5.5 million, which is considered normal for the current U.S. population.

NOTE: Existing-Home Sales for December will be reported January 22. The next Pending Home Sales Index will be January 29; all release times are 10:00 a.m. ET.



Part 2
According to the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR).


Per MHI:


Part 3 – MHProNews Skinny Analysis

As 2019 draws to a close, a wide array of third-party insights reflected the points that:

  • affordable housing is in high demand,
  • entry level homes demand is outstripping supply,
  • manufactured homes are superior to what many believe, with that claim based upon several third-party research reports.
  • Nevertheless, manufactured housing is underperforming.
  • Based upon various estimates, manufactured housing should be doing 500,000 new units per year (a statement made by outgoing MHI President Richard ‘Dick’ Jennison) to 1 (+/-) million new units per year, which would still not meet the total needs and demands; meaning those estimates are still below the industry’s potential.

It is MHI that claims to represent ‘all segments of manufactured housing.’ In making that claim, it comes with responsibilities. Based on their own claims vs. the data of declining manufactured home sales during an affordable housing crisis, here is what logic and deductive reasoning suggests.


  1. MHI and their big boy companies like Clayton Homes are incompetent, based upon the opportunities. (Note, these are educated and experienced professionals, with plenty of resources to meet the potential. We editorially don’t believe they are incompetent.
  2. MHI and their big boy companies routinely fumble good opportunities (same analysis as above).
  3. MHI and their big boy companies are causing, by accident or design, negative news that are part of the headwinds that have sparked a decline in interest and thus sales of manufactured homes.
  4. MHI and their big boy companies are intentionally allowing certain opportunities and good laws to be thwarted to foster consolidation. The ‘good’ promotional items that are currently dwarfed by bad news are window-dressing to blunt criticism, as are their photo ops and videos with various public officials.
  5. Some combination of the above.

If MHI and their big boy members were truly interested in moving the needle, third party data reveals the opportunities are there. It is difficult to square fumbling so often with the education and skills of those involved. That arguably suggests that they are working to consolidate the industry.




That deduction opens the door to numerous legal and ethical issues.

Since Buffett-led Berkshire bought Clayton, the industry is actually smaller today than then. How is that possible, during an affordable housing crisis, unless they wanted it to be so?
Since Buffett bought Clayton and other pieces of the manufactured housing industry, the industry is actually selling fewer new homes today than in 2003. How is that possible during an affordable housing crisis? Given Buffett’s assets, the BH Media Group, and over $100 billion in the bank,, doesn’t it seem logical that manufactured housing is underperforming because that is what Buffett wants at this time?

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Manufactured Housing Industry Investments Connected Closing Equities Tickers
Some of these firms invest in manufactured housing, or are otherwise connected, but may do other forms of investing or business activities too.

          • NOTE: The chart below includes the Canadian stock, ECN, which purchased Triad Financial Services, a manufactured home industry lender
          • NOTE: Drew changed its name and trading symbol at the end of 2016 to Lippert (LCII).



Winter 2019
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